What I am thinking: historian and structural engineer Tyler Sprague

Tyler S. Sprague teaches courses in structural design & architectural history at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA.  He holds engineering degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington (UW) and worked professionally as a structural engineer before completing a Ph.D. in architectural history in the College of Built Environments at the UW. Sprague’s research investigates the intersection of architecture … Continue reading What I am thinking: historian and structural engineer Tyler Sprague

What I am thinking: computer scientist and lace artist Veronika Irvine

Veronika Irvine is a postdoctoral fellow in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She studied math and computer science and received her Masters degree from the University of Waterloo and her Ph.D. from the University of Victoria. Her research area is the computational generation of textile structures based on the technique of bobbin lace. Sigrid Adriaenssens: What is bobbin … Continue reading What I am thinking: computer scientist and lace artist Veronika Irvine

What I am thinking: movie maker and masonry specialist Emil Adiels

Emil Adiels is a researcher and lecturer and a part of the Architecture and Engineering Research Group at Chalmers University of Technology of Sweden. His research focus is gravitational structures and masonry with respect to geometry, structural mechanics and production methods. What fewer people know is that Emil is also an amazing movie maker. Sigrid Adriaenssens: why do you make movies about structures? Emil Adiels: … Continue reading What I am thinking: movie maker and masonry specialist Emil Adiels

What I am thinking: material scientist and bird watcher Lorna Gibson

Professor Lorna Gibson graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. She was an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia for two years before moving to MIT, where she is currently the Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research interests focus on the mechanics of materials … Continue reading What I am thinking: material scientist and bird watcher Lorna Gibson

What I am thinking: designer of glass structures, James O’Callaghan

Founding Director of the firm Eckersley O’Callaghan, James is acknowledged as an authority on the structural use of glass. He is perhaps best known for his innovative glass stairs, bridges, facades and other structural elements in a range of Apple’s flagship retail stores including Tokyo, Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York and London. Demi Fang: What is something you are currently working on that excites … Continue reading What I am thinking: designer of glass structures, James O’Callaghan

What I am thinking: origami artist and mathematician Tomohiro Tachi

Tomohiro Tachi is an associate professor in graphic and computer sciences at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He studied architecture and received his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of Tokyo. He has been designing origami since 2002 and exploring spatial and kinematic origami through computation. Tachi developed several software tools for origami design. “Origamizer” (2008) … Continue reading What I am thinking: origami artist and mathematician Tomohiro Tachi

What I am thinking: architect, designer, inventor and MIT professor Neri Oxman

Neri Oxman is an architect, designer, inventor and professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she is the founding director of The Mediated Matter Group, an experimental design practice combining commissioned works with the creation of enabling technologies and scientific knowledge. The Group conducts research at the intersection of computational design, digital fabrication, materials science, and synthetic biology; and applies that knowledge to design across … Continue reading What I am thinking: architect, designer, inventor and MIT professor Neri Oxman

What I am thinking: interplanetary architect and technologist Xavier De Kestelier

Xavier De Kestelier is the Head of Design Technology and Innovation at HASSELL studio. Prior to this he was co-head of the Specialist Modelling Group, the research and innovation arm of Foster + Partners. Xavier has led several multidisciplinary research projects in the field of large scale 3D printing. In his latest work with NASA and ESA he researched the potential of 3D printed habitats on … Continue reading What I am thinking: interplanetary architect and technologist Xavier De Kestelier

What I am thinking: structural and mathematical wizard Chris Williams

Chris Williams is an Artistic Professor at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University. Chris joined Ted Happold’s group at Arup in 1972 where he worked on Frei Otto’s Multihalle gridshells in Mannheim and was responsible for the structural analysis and physical model testing. In 1976 he came with Ted Happold to the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. His research interests hinge on the … Continue reading What I am thinking: structural and mathematical wizard Chris Williams

What I am thinking: the budding glass engineer/artist Gregor Hortsmeyer

A native of California, Gregor Horstmeyer is an enthusiast of performance-based seismic design, in addition to glass, timber and concrete design. Growing up working in a glass blowing studio, he eventually combined his interest in glass with studies in engineering by writing a final year thesis on hyperbolic glass shell structures at the Form Finding Lab . Since joining Eckersley O’Callaghan in 2011, Horstmeyer has … Continue reading What I am thinking: the budding glass engineer/artist Gregor Hortsmeyer